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The Third Africa DNS Forum to Take Place in Nairobi, Kenya

When: 6-8 July 2015

Where: Sarova Panafric Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya

This is the third Africa DNS forum following on the successful forums in Durban, South Africa (2013), and Abuja, Nigeria (2014). The forum is organized in partnership with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), The Internet Society (ISOC) and the Africa Top Level Domain Organization (AFTLD) and will be hosted this year by the Kenya Network Information Center (KENIC), from 6-8 July 2015, under the theme:

"The Future of Africa's Domain Name Industry:
Opportunities and Challenges"

Purpose: The Africa DNS Forum brings together ccTLD registries, registrars, and stakeholders from Africa and around the world to share, learn, interact and discuss ways of how the African Domain Name Space can be improved, by sharing experiences and best practices in the domain name industry at a global level, and of the emerging business opportunities. The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology of Kenya (MICT) have endorsed this year's event.

Who should attend: Registries, registrars, registrants, ccTLDs, new gTLD applicants, service providers, brand owners, and legal firms

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More details are available from the event site: http://dnsforum.or.ke/index.php/home

For more information, please email: info@dnsforum.or.ke

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